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Insurance gave me $3500 budget... what to do...

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September 7, 2011 2:54:03 PM

I had a couple of computers stolen recently. They valued them together at $3500. One was from '03 and the other from '09. If I take cash, they give me depreciated value, which amounts to $800 total. But if I replace it they'll reimburse up to $3500. So I may as well, right? I wouldn't know how to spend $3500 on a pc if I tried.

I'm not a huge gamer, but I use SolidWorks a lot so I need solid processing power in both the CPU and GPU. I'm sure a high-end gaming pc would be overkill... but given the situation, why not?

I walked into my local big-box retailers and they all tap out at $1300 to $1700.

What would you do?
September 7, 2011 3:03:40 PM

Make three different builds and sell two of them for cash.
September 7, 2011 3:24:41 PM

I'd go for a home-built super top-end machine for $1500, including a nice screen, and a $1500 laptop.
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September 7, 2011 4:02:02 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
I'd go for a home-built super top-end machine for $1500, including a nice screen, and a $1500 laptop.


+1
September 7, 2011 4:30:18 PM

To answer your question - personally I would get into gaming and build one awesome desktop PC ... lol

September 7, 2011 4:38:10 PM

draynoe said:
To answer your question - personally I would get into gaming and build one awesome desktop PC ... lol


this.
September 7, 2011 4:42:23 PM

Without spending cash on GPU's for gaming you could still spend a ton of money just getting a top of the line PC. Intel Core i7 hexacore, 24gb of ram, dual SSDs in RAID (or more), the price will shoot up REAL quick.
September 7, 2011 5:26:58 PM

again. with $3500 for 2 PCs, I'd replace one with a laptop of $1500-2000, then spend the rest on a gaming desktop with 2 or 3 1920x1080 monitors.
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